Stephen F. Saracino, M.F.A.

Professor Upton Hall 236A
Office: (716) 878-4730

M.F.A. Kent State University

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Stephen Saracino is a professor of metalsmithing design at SUNY Buffalo State. His metalwork has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums throughout the United States and in Japan and has been included into public and private collections. For two years he was director of SUNY’s long-running overseas program in Siena, Italy.

More recently his studio endeavors have turned to an extensive study of Etruscan metal artifacts. This research has resulted in a lecture series on Etruscan metalsmithing that was delivered at the Chautauqua Art Institute in their special studies program. Presently, Saracino is designing a series of corkscrews relating to an investigation of Tuscan iconography.

Abbreviated Résumé


Master of Fine Arts, August 1984: Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. Metalsmithing, with an emphasis in Sculpture and Glassblowing.

Master of Science, June 1975: State University College at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York. Art Education with emphasis in Jewelry Design.

Bachelor of Science, June 1970: State University College at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York. Art Education.


Professor of Design, Chair of Design, 1999-Present

Director, Buffalo State College Siena, Italy Overseas Program, 1997-1999 Via di Citta 25, Siena, Italy.

Assistant Professor, Chair of Design, 1994 -1997

Assistant Professor, Chair of Design, 1992-1994. State University College at Buffalo

Assistant Professor of Design, 1990-1993: State University College at Buffalo

Assistant Professor of Design, 1984-1990: State University College at Buffalo

Assistant Professor of Metalsmithing, 1981-82: Daemen College, Amherst, New York.

Lecturer in Design, 1981-1984: State University College at Buffalo

Graduate Teaching Assistant in Design, 1978-1980: Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

Designer and Store Manager, 1975-1978: Northfield Silver and Goldsmiths Company, Pittsford, New York

Secondary School Art Teacher, 1970-1973: Romulus Central High School, Romulus, New York

Exhibitions and awards

Western New York CRAFT ART 2000, Regional, Invitational. Burchfield-Penny Art Museum, Buffalo, New York. September, 2000. Margaret E. Mead Award of Merit.

Transferred Sensibilities, Regional, Invitational. Atrium Gallery, Corning Community College, Corning, New York. January 28-March 3, 2000

The Agency of Meaning: A Survey of Contemporary Works in the Collection, Regional, Invitational. Burchfield-Penny Art Museum, Buffalo New York. September 19- April 18, 1999.

Craft Art Exhibition Acquisitions 1988-1998. Sylvia Rosen Gallery for Fine Art in Craft Media. Burchfield-Penny art Museum. June 24- October 24, 1998

New York State Contemporary Crafts 1997, Regional Invitational. New York State Museum, Albany, New York. December-June 1996/97.

Craft Art 1996, Regional, selected from slide jury, Burchfield-Penny Art Center, Buffalo, New York. September-November, 1996.

The Kenan Masters, National Invitational, selected from past Master craftsmen exhibitors from the Center's, 100 American Craftsman Exhibitions. Lockport, New York. April, 1995.

Greater Midwest International IX, International Juried Exhibition, Art Center Gallery, Central Missouri State University, Missouri.

The Wichita National 1993, National Juried Exhibition. The Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, Kansas. August 7-September 19.

Crafts National 27, National Juried Exhibition. Zoller Gallery, Penn State University. June 6-July 25.

Greater Midwest International VIII, International Juried Exhibition. Art Center Gallery, Central Missouri State University. January 25-February 19.

Materials Hard and Soft, National Juried Craft Exhibition. Meadows Art Gallery, Denton, Texas. September 20-October 30.

Craft Art 92, Regional Exhibition. Burchfield Art Center, Buffalo, New York. September 19-November 29.

Exhibitions juried

100 American Craftsman Exhibition, National Juried competition. Kenan Center, Show participants selected via a group slide format. Lockport, New York. 1994.

Allentown Art Festival, National Juried competition. Show participants selected via a group slide format. Buffalo, New York. 1990, 1993, 1996, 2002. Participant in selection of Awards in the various media divisions.

Lake Country Crafts Exhibition, Regional Juried Exhibition. Rochester, New York. Participants selected via a group slide format. December 1984. Participant in selection of award winners.

Quaker Arts and Crafts Exhibition, Regional Juried competition. Involved in Award selection only. 1984, 1982.

100 American Craftsmen Exhibition, Regional Juried Exhibition and sale. Kenan Center, Lockport, New York. Participated in a group jury selection of participants and the Award confirmations. 1983.

Publications featuring work

Ornament Magazine, Review of "Meritt 85" Exhibition. pp. 58, Winter 1985 Magazine.

American Craft, Review of "Jewelry U.S.A." Exhibition. pp.30-37, December 1984/January 1985.

Ornament Magazine, Review of "Jewelry U.S.A." Exhibition. pp. 30, Summer, 1984.

Exhibitions consulted

Crafts National II, Upton Hall Gallery, State University College at Buffalo. National Juried Exhibition. Responsible for directing all aspects of assembling the Exhibition, including obtaining the Jurors, setting up support systems for all aspects of the jury process, hiring support personnel for show set-up and actual installation of the Exhibit, unpacking and reshipment of objects. Actual dates of show: September-October 1987.

Crafts National I, same circumstances. September-October 1985.

Third Annual Theater District Fine Crafts Exhibition, Theater Place, Buffalo, New York. Responsible for developing the exhibition's concept and invitations to selected participants. October 1984.

Artist's residencies

Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, New York. Visiting Lecturer. Etruscan Civilization. Special Studies Program. July 2000, 2001, 2002.

Art Park, Lewiston New York. Visiting Artist Program. Summer 2000

Art Park, Lewiston New York. Visiting Artist Program. Summer 1994

Art awards

New York State Foundation for the Arts, Fellowship, Crafts, 2001

Margaret E. Mead Award of Merit. Western New York CRAFT ART 2000, Burchfield-Penny Art Museum, Buffalo, New York. September, 2000.

Purchase Award, Craft Art 1990. Burchfield/Penny Art Museum Buffalo, New York. 1990

Award of Distinction, Crafts 23 . Zoller Art Gallery, Penn State University.1989

Purchase Award, Contemporary Metals USA , Downey Museum of Art, Downey, California. 1987

Master Craftsman Award, 100 American Craftsman Exhibition. Lockport, New York. 1982

Academic awards

President's Award for Academic Advisement 1994

Grant awards

Artists’ Fellowship: Crafts, New York Foundation for the Arts. June 2001

Received grant funding from: The Center for the Development of Human Services, to design an "Advisement Template" to assist faculty in yearly advisement situations. The concept developed was to format a number of different degree situations that could enable a student to better market themselves upon graduation. 1993-94

Instructional Resource Grant,1993/94. Secured to develop a number of jewelry pieces to advance my scholarly endeavors. This grant paid for materials to execute three new works.

Faculty Development Grant, 1990/91. To develop a series of demonstration pieces to use as instructional visual aids in our newly developing Metalsmithing component in our Craft Program.

Instructional Resource Grant, 1989/90. To explore and execute visual aid-oriented jewelry pieces using reactive metals such as Niobium. We decide to incorporate reactive metals into our jewelry program and experiments into the use of these metals were developed.